The 'Mathwasa' Q&A: Patrick Mabedi
Thursday July 06 2006
Welcome to the Moroka Swallows website's 'Mathwasa' Q&A, a column which introduces all the 'Birds' latest 'Mathwasa' (newcomers) to the club's wonderful supporters.
The column engages in an in-depth question and answer session with each of the latest 'Birds' signings.
In the first of these exclusive Q&A's Moroka Swallows website editor Thapelo Moloantoa caught up with former Kaizer Chiefs defender Patrick Mabedi,who was winding down after a gruelling first day on the 'Birds' pre-season tour to the Eastern Cape.
Thapelo Moloantoa (TM): Hi Patrick, welcome to the 'Mathwasa' Q&A and to the 'Beautiful Birds', how is the spirit in the camp so far?
Patrick Mabedi (PM): Thanks Thapelo, I must say that I have received a very warm welcome from the fans, the players, management and the technical staff. It's been quite a busy time for me as I only joined the club last week, and then we had to come down here to the Eastern Cape, where we were welcomed by many fans at the airport. Today we made a tour of the Volkswagen SA plant, where we interacted with the workers - many of whom are supporters of the club - and also learnt a bit about how the cars are assembled.
So far, so very good!
TM: Have you been given any of the traditional initiation that newcomers normally receive when they arrive at Swallows?
PM: No man, it's been strangely quite on that front, I am suspicious though. I think they are saving this for the first match of the season. In the meantime, I will be keeping an eye out for anything mischievous from my new team-mates!
TM: How does it feel leaving Kaizer Chiefs and joining their Soweto rivals, Swallows?
PM: I had been at Chiefs for almost a decade before making the move to Swallows, so it is never easy to leave a place where one had forged friendships for such a long time. I was not in the starting line-up at Chiefs anymore and felt that it was about time to move on to another club, where I could make a fresh start and take on a new challenge. I had offers from a number of other PSL sides, but chose Swallows.
TM: Can you please tell the fans why you choose Swallows?
PM: Swallows showed that they were very serious about signing me, much more than the others. The second reason is that I know that the club has a long and great history in the local game. Plus, the management is showing great signs that they are serious about taking the club back to where it belongs, at the top of South African professional soccer.
TM: What are your goals at Swallows?
PM: As I have just mentioned, I know that the club is serious about winning things, and I want to be a part of that. I want to enjoy my football and hopefully have a trophy or two to show for my efforts at the end of the season.
TM: You may come under some stick from the 'Amakhosi' fans when Swallows plays against Kaiser Chiefs in the upcoming 2006/07 season. How do you plan to deal with that?
PM: I am a professional and I know what things not to give attention to. I have seen how fans treat players when they leave to join their rivals and have learnt from this. But all in all, I will really not be bothered by this. I will concentrate on my game and make a contribution to the team effort.
TM: Patrick, thanks a lot for giving some of your time to the 'Mathwasa Q&A' and we wish you all the best with your stay at Swallows.
Patrick Mabedi Profile
Born: 5 November 1973
Place of Birth: Blantyre, Malawi
Jersey number: 5
Previous teams: Admarc Tigers (Mal), Bata Bullets (Mal),
Chiefs debut: PSL Super Sport United 2 Kaizer Chiefs 4 (22/11/98)
International honours: Malawian International
Chiefs appearances: 230
Substitute appearances for Chiefs: 8
First goal for Chiefs: PSL Hellenic 0 Kaizer Chiefs 1 (7/10/01)
Total goals for Chiefs: 7
Honours with Chiefs: Rothmans Cup 1998, BOB Save Super Bowl 2000, PSL Runner-up 1998-1999, PSL Runner-up 2000/01, BP Top Eight 2001, Coca Cola Cup 2001, Coca Cola Cup Finalist 2002, Coca Cola Cup 2003, PSL Winner 2003-2004, Coca Cola Cup 2004, 2004/05 PSL Winner, 2004 SAA Supa 8 Finalist.
Don't miss out the next 'Mathwasa Q&A' column with SA Under-23 squad member and new Swallows singing Sibusiso Themba!